John Mayer on how Katy Perry relationship inspired his new music: 'Who else would I be thinking about?'


It's been nearly four years since John Mayer released his most recent full-length album, Paradise Valley. Fortunately for Mayer's fans, the wait for new music is over April 14, when The Search for Everything -- which he has teased with two "waves" so far -- drops in full.

In those first two waves of new material, Mayer has released eight tracks, three of which reveal something pretty personal about the 39-year-old: He's not totally over Katy Perry.

If titles "Still Feel Like Your Man," "You're Gonna Live Forever in Me" and "Moving On and Getting Over" aren't indicative enough that Mayer is feeling a sense of regret over a past relationship, he was pretty frank about the song's subject in a new interview with The New York Times. "Who else would I be thinking about?"

Mayer was specifically talking about the track "Still Feel Like Your Man" (which features lines such as "I still keep your shampoo in my shower" and "Still think I'm never gonna find another you") -- and while the song is certainly telling about his feelings, he stressed that it's also a testament to the fact that Perry was his only serious relationship in the last five or six years. "That was my only relationship," he added. "So it's like, give me this, people."

Not all eight of the songs in waves one and two of The Search for Everything revolve around heartbreak, but at least those three breakup tunes triggered Mayer's emotional side. "There were times when tears came out of me, and I went, OK, John, this is not about an on-again, off-again relationship. This is something more profound."

Since Perry and Mayer's on-and-off relationship officially came to an end in 2015, Mayer says he uses an exclusive dating app from time to time, but "there are very few people actually meeting up." Still, after recently becoming an uncle, he admits that he's ready to settle down.

"That's the final frontier, man," he said. And with his 40th birthday approaching this October, he acknowledged that he may be celebrating as a single man. "I wish there was somebody to throw me the 40th."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: John Mayer arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musicians John Mayer (L) and Ed Sheeran attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
John MayerLOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Guest Host John Mayer on THE LATE LATE SHOW with guests Andy Cohen, Alison Becker, & John Legend on Feb. 4, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Guitarist John Mayer appears at the Thelonius Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition and All Star Gala Concert at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: John Mayer performs during the Rock In Rio USA event in Times Square on September 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician John Mayer attends Food Network In Concert on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Food Network Magazine)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at Food Network In Concert on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Food Network Magazine)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: John Mayer performs during the 2014 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: John Mayer performs during the 2014 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Musician John Mayer performs during day 2 of the Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Musician John Mayer performs on the Marilyn Stage during day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 07: John Mayer performs on stage at Pinkpop 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (Photo by Didier Messens/Redferns via Getty Images)
NARITA, JAPAN - APRIL 27: John Mayer arrives at Narita International Airport on April 27, 2014 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: John Mayer performs live for fans at West Coast Blues N Roots 2014 at Fremantle Park on April 13, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Musicians Stephen Stills (L) and John Mayer perform onstage at the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert - An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks at The Theatre At Ace Hotel on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTB)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 28: Recording artist John Mayer performs onstage during Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event with contributors American Cancer Society and Bristol Myers Squibb hosted by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry Foundation)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Recording artists Katy Perry (L) and John Mayer attend the Sony Music Entertainment Post-Grammy Reception at The Palm on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music Entertainment)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) John Mayer and Katy Perry perform at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Zachary Mazur/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer-songwriter John Mayer performs at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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He continued by confessing that he'd like to have a baby that would sit side-stage with his wife (protective earphones on, of course), also admitting that he's wary about settling into another bachelor-pad-type residence. "I want to say, 'We'll take it,'" he said, adding, "I'm right on time for my career, and I'm running late for my life."

Even if the album after The Search for Everything continues the narrative longing for Perry, Mayer insists that he's not afraid to write vulnerable music about true events. And no matter the topic, it's going to be him -- and only him -- writing the material.

"My record has one name in the parentheses on every song, and it's my name," he said. "That's important."

Read Mayer's full New York Times interview here.

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